Prishtina, 23 February 2017 – Today, took place the next consultative meeting in light of access of Republic of Kosovo to EU programmes, chaired by the Deputy Minister of the European Integration, Ms. Anila Statovci-Demaj, wherein representatives of the educational institutions have participated.
Ms. Statovci-Demaj in her speech mentioned Framework Agreement for Kosovo`s access to EU programmes, which was signed on 25 November 2016. This Agreement enables access to 17 different EU programmes in the field of the education, research, private sector support, and support for civil society, as well as for other fields. Deputy Minister Statovci-Demaj stated that the Ministry of European Integration is organizing meetings with the business community, academia, civil society and other potential beneficiaries in order to discuss modalities of EU programmes that Kosovo may have greater benefits.
During the meeting, was emphasized that signing the Agreement for access of Kosovo to European Union programmes brings Kosovo more closely with the European Union and complements the implementation of Stabilization and Association Agreement. The aim of these programmes is to promote cooperation between Western Balkan countries and their citizens with the European Union countries and citizens in different fields.
Deputy Minister Statovci-Demaj emphasized that the European Union projected a funding for the period 2014-2020. To be the beneficiary of these programmes is not easy and in order to ensure access there is an entry ticket to be paid in order to be enabled to participate in each of these programmes. Success in these programmes is not guaranteed, since the project proposals from Kosovo are in direct competition with all other Western Balkan countries as well as EU countries. Further one, she stated that the participation in these programs requires consolidated administrative capacities in order to cope with the technical criteria’s required by the EU, and one shall very carefully identify what are the programmes with greater interest to participate in, always considering the reasonable costs.
Based on today’s discussion, Deputy Minister Statovci-Demaj will continue further discussion with the European Commission Services in order to concretize Kosovo’s participation in certain programmes and to inform stakeholders in order to ensure effective participation in EU programmes.
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